2011 Westminster Dog Show: Meet the Competition

The 135th Annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show kicks off this week, where prize pooches preen and spaniels strut. Here's a sample of the crowd -- which will be best in breed? 

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    Penny from Heaven, an lhasa apso, can't wait to be judged during the first day of the Westminster Dog Show Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Pink, a Yorkshire Terrier from New York, grins for a photograph in her stylish outfit at her owner's booth at the Doggy S'paw in the Hotel Pennsylvania. The Doggy S'paw was set up at the hotel to accommodate dogs and their people who are guests of the hotel in town for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
    AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
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    Parker, a standard poodle, waits to show off his eye-catching hairdo during the first day of the show.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Nicole, a Basset Hound from Chehalis, Washington, shows good posture as she sits straight for the camera.
    AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
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    Lilly, a German Wirehaired Pointer from Ft. Worth, Texas, longs to stretch her legs as she sits in her cage in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania.
    AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
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    Caleb, a Bulldog, smiles and preps his game face during a news conference ahead of the 135th Annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
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    A miniature pinscher named Paxton shines his puppy eyes outside the Hotel Pennsylvania.
    AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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    A chow chow named Cody can't hold his excitement as he's groomed before the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.
    AP Photo/Seth Wenig
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    Boykin Spaniels Jesse, left, and Jake, put on serious faces to show the camera they're ready during a news conference to introduce the new dog breeds. 
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    A Beagle patiently waits its turn to impress the judges at the 135th Westminster Dog Show.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Rufus, a Redbone Coonhound, is 'all work and no play' during a news conference to introduce the new dog breeds.
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    Gogo, a chihuahua, takes a load off in her owner's arms, and waits to be judged during the first day of the Westminster Dog Show.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Eragon, a bouvier, hides his smile under his lush fur as he is groomed by Cynthia Thames.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Leo, an Afghan, stays warm with his scarf backstage as he waits to be judged.
    AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
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    Kaffi, an Icelandic Sheepdog, jokingly sticks her tongue at the camera during a news conference.
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